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COVID-19 Testing – how and where to get tested in South Australia

{Updated Monday 28 June 2021} There are currently 85 COVID testing facilities in South Australia, so if you are displaying even mild symptoms of COVID-19, the advice is to be tested.

Symptoms may include:

  • fever OR chills 
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste and smell.
  • diarrhoea and vomiting

Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.

Severe illness and fatalities occur more often in people who are older, have chronic conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension) or are immunocompromised (e.g. cancer, renal disease). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also be at increased risk.

If you are unsure whether you need to be tested or not, CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION 


There are 85 centres that offer COVID-19 testing in South Australia. Some require a booking and others are walk-in. Some require a referral and some do not. If you are unsure what to do, call SA COVID Information Line on 1800 253 787.


Respiratory clinics (no referral required, bookings essential)

Respiratory clinics do not test people without symptoms (e.g. people arrived from interstate with no symptoms who are required to get tested). Covered by Medicare, all ages, bookings essential.

Metropolitan COVID-19 clinics (no referral required)

Metropolitan mobile, pop-up and drive-through clinics (no referral or booking required, all ages)

There are multiple pop-up and drive-through COVID-19 collection centres around metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia. Tests can be taken with the patient still in the vehicle, minimising the risk of spreading the infection. No referral or booking is required and it is suitable for all ages.


General Practitioner (GP)

Contact your GP about getting tested for COVID-19. If you qualify for a test your GP may test you in their clinic, they may come outside to take a swab test while you remain in your car, or they may provide you with a referral to attend a drive-through testing clinic.

Home-based testing

SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan service to take COVID-19 tests within a persons’ home. Some regional home-based testing services are also available.

Rapid testing in hospitals

SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan service to take COVID-19 tests within a persons’ home. Some regional home-based testing services are also available.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services testing

If you would like to know more about COVID-19, or feel that you have some symptoms, please call your local SA Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (PDF 696KB).

What to do after your test

After your test, go straight home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result (which you should usually get within 2 days) and:

  • stay at home and do not attend work, school or childcare
  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • cough and sneeze into a clean tissue or your elbow
  • avoid close contact with others, including members of your household.

If you have a negative test result

It is important that you follow medical advice.

If you receive a negative test result, you should still stay at home and not attend work, school or childcare until you are feeling well again.

If you have a positive test result

If you have received a positive result for COVID-19, visit the Information about a positive result for COVID-19 page for information about what to do.

Cost of COVID-19 tests

There is no cost to Medicare eligible patients for COVID-19 testing if you are tested at SA Health or Primary Health Network (PHN) facilities.

Private providers may charge a gap for COVID-19 testing.

Overseas residents who fall ill in Australia (and are not eligible for Medicare) often have health or travel insurance. For those who do not have adequate insurance coverage, SA Health hospitals and COVID-19 testing centres will waive the costs of diagnosis (tests) and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).


Advice from SA Health

We all have a part to play in reducing the risk of getting sick and stopping the spread of infections:

  • If you have symptoms, even if mild, get tested immediately.
  • Stay home while you wait for your results.
  • Avoid contact with others if you are sick. 
  • Keep at least 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible
  • Wash hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose or handling used tissues. Carry hand sanitiser everywhere you go and use it regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food, until you have washed your hands.
  • Wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
  • Use COVID Safe Check-In at businesses, events and venues.


  • Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
  • Australian Government Department of Health – click here
  • SA Health Website – click here 
  • Smart traveller website – click here
  • SA Health Facebook Page – click here
  • Health Direct website – click here


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